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Descendant of the Crane: He Joan

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Plenty of twists and lots of back stabbing betrayals ensue and it isn't long before Hessina wonders- who can I trust? Fantasy books following the inner-workings of the royal court and with society's ruling members as their central characters are my favourite to read about. The government has an effective anti-corruption system, the education and job market are based on merit and not nepotism.

It may not be the book for you if you prefer more action, romance, and break-neck pacing from the get-go to your stories. The romance between Hesina and the criminal Akira is about as obvious as a vacuum at a broomstick convention. There is potential left here for a sequel and despite a little bit of a slow start in the beginning, I soon was swept away by this tale.

The premise and promise was so high, but I felt like the execution wasn't polished as neatly as it could have been. Truthfully, 2017 me, the person who sold DOTC in a 1 book deal to its original pub, was pretty idealistic. The imperial doctors say the king died a natural death, but Hesina has reason to believe he was murdered.

If you read them differently, who am I to force you to arrive at my destination, to make something canon when it isn’t even on the page? There’s something about him that doesn’t quite synchronize with the rest of this world, like his character had been spliced in from a different story. The ending of the book leaves enough space for a second one (fingers crossed) or some companion novels (fingers crossed). There were times when she wavered but when she made up her mind to do something, she did it formidably. Przede wszystkim - takie dziury fabularne, że nic tylko zbierać je z podłogi i samemu sklejać bo autorce niestety się do tego nie spieszyło.

Some were sidelined with little page time and then written with the assumption that the reader already knew them intimately, one significant example being the love interest. Plus, I have an interview with some of the characters coming this Wednesday so keep an eye out for that! Other characters such as Caiyan, Lilian, Sanjing and Akira (heart eyes) were also amazingly written. Maybe a bit dramatic at times, but if drama and scheming aren't what you're here for, this might not be the book for you since that's what it focuses on more than fast-paced action.

I’m not sure I would definitively say it’s worth reading the whole book for, but the ending leaned into the exact type of messed up, lovely character dynamic I adore and it was so fun to read. The writing is not flowery or dense, there is a good balance between descriptions and dialog or internal thoughts. And all of the reviews from my Goodreads friends had me psyched and ready to rock on the hype train.

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception. The worldbuilding is rich and well thought out, but what I loved most about it was the way He captured the public. His inclusion in the story scarcely makes sense, and Akira quickly loses the thin, undefinable edge that made him interesting to begin with. But the truth of it had already sunk into the center of Hesina and broken open, flooding her with a new certainty: her father has been murdered and the need to seek justice for him sang bright in her. It had a really strong start and I absolutely loved the Chinese inspired world, but the writing didn't flow well, the pacing was off, and I couldn't connect to the characters.

At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art.The queen can walk around without guards, she has no advisors, or councils and apparently does everything by herself. I genuinely hoped there would be a chance of preserving my original vision (3 total companion books) and selling books 2 and 3 to the same pub and continuing the story, if I could just prove that there was an audience for book 1. Her imagery is gorgeous and has your mouth watering at the idea of strolling through a persimmon garden even if you’ve never eaten a persimmon before.

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